LS13: A New Generation of Leeds Writers

LS13 Leeds Writers

The Big Bookend in association with Dead Ink Publications and Valley Press launched its search for 20 of the best writers under the age of 40 in Leeds earlier this year. LS13 is about uncovering a new generation of Leeds Writers. We wanted a snapshot of the writers at work in the city.

  • Where is Leeds 25 years after Tony Harrison’s V?
  • Who are its new voices?
  • Who is telling the stories and speaking the poetry of Leeds today?

Well, we found our answers in our top 20 best writers under 40 . . .

Dan Annett, Cristina Archetti, Matthew Bellwood, SJ Bradley, Joshua Byworth, Rosa Campbell, Sarah Dodd, Max Dunbar, Gareth Durasow, Aissa Gallie, Lizzi Hawkins, AJ Kirby, Adam Lowe, Zodwa Nyoni, Caleb Parkin, Adam Z. Robinson, Richard Smyth, Claire Stephenson, Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Jenny Beach

Our 20 winners will be published as a new anthology of Leeds writing, LS13, and be available as in print and e-book from Dead Ink and Valley Press. The anthology launch will take place at Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre’s Customer Service Lounge with a drinks reception at 6pm on Friday 7th June, and readings from the anthology, Q & A and the announcement of the overall winners from 7pm.

Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre’s Customer Service Lounge will be turned into a pop-up bookshop with books on sale, workshops, signings and mini readings throughout the  Big Bookend festival weekend starting on Friday 7th June.

The programme for the weekend so far (note: the line up is subject to change):

Friday 7th June

Rob Endeacott – 11 am
Paul Munden – 3pm
Workshop – 4pm
Mick McCann – 5pm
LS 13 Reception – 6pm
LS 13 Launch – 7 – 8pm

Saturday 8th June

Richard Smyth – 11am
Rose George – 12pm
Anthony Clavane / Chris Nickson / Kate Pankhurst – 1pm
Joanna Gray – 2pm
Vince Mihill – 3pm
Workshop – 4pm
Jennifer Kavanagh – 5pm
Clare Detamble / Pastiche – 6 – 8pm

Sunday 9th June

Amy Keen – 12pm
Anthony Ogus – 12pm
Daniel Ingram-Brown – 2pm
Wes Brown – 3pm
Valley Press -  4pm
Open Mic – 5pm

Pop down and see us either at Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre’s Customer Service Lounge, at the Central Library or at Leeds Church Institute over the festival weekend.

CJ Allen, head judge in the LS13 competition.

CJ Allen is head judge in the LS13 competition